What color is Halloween?
If that question were asked of me, my response would be "orange."
If pressed further and sat in front of a color chart, I could probably point to a specific shade of orange that might approximate the color of the jack o' lantern in the logo for this very website.
Thanks to a new website called TheColorOf.com you can find out the color of anything... and it may not be what you thought.
For instance, the color of "Halloween" is the color square to the left. Not at all the jack o' lantern shade of orange I thought it should be.
Here's how it works: I'm not going to bore you with stories of algorithms and mathematical equations used to extract the pixel pigments because frankly--- I don't know how it's done.
BUT, from a LAYMAN'S perspective, here's how it works: it scours Flickr for photos with the keyword you searched for and melds them all together into one big mess o' color.
(Ok, if you really want to know how it's done, there's a heady description in the About on the site.)
What would get me there? I
tried "jack o' lantern" and got the pic to the left.
What's kind of neat and eerie, is that you can sort of see the face of a jack o' lantern in the color stew.
Still: not the right orange.
Needless to say I spent the next 45 minutes trying different keywords and seeing the results. So if you're looking for a time-waster, or some artistic inspiration or a print for your wall (they will soon offer a service that lets you order a poster-sized print for framing)... check out TheColorOf.com.
And let me know in the comments if you hit upon a great Halloween-colored masterpiece and what keywords you used. Who knows... maybe "banana Halloween magic zeppelin" is the right combination to get that special orange...